At work we feel overwhelmed by many factors such as deadlines, workload and sometimes the varying moods and attitudes of co-workers.
Last night I came home with a pounding headache with feelings of irritability to go along with it. When I shut my office door the stressors came along for the commute home.
I needed relief and not just relief from taking some aspirin…..I needed spiritual renewal and refreshing. I knew that I needed to bathe in the light of God’s restoring presence.
3 Ways I Restored My Hope:
1. Turned to God’s promise through scripture by meditating on Psalm 27:4-6. I allowed key words to speak to my heart and I received them as food to my soul.
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple. [Ps. 16:11; 18:6; 65:4; Luke 2:37.] For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock. And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me; in His tent I will offer sacrifices and shouting of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.” (Psalm 27:4-6 AMP)
2. Prayer Journaled
I wrote a letter to my savior…Dear Jesus….I lamented about my day, gave him all of my stressors. He says, ” Come to me all that are weary and heavy-laden….and so I obeyed because I know He knows exactly what I need.
3. Worship and Praise
I turned off all electronics, TV, any stimulus that would distract me. I put on calming worship music and after I lamented I thanked God for the sweet release I found as I dwelled in His house, I dwelled in His tent, I imagined myself being kept safe in His shelter.
These 3 simple steps took me from chaotic to calm. Oh I know I will face more workplace stress but it’s my choice how….
…I choose to respond to it…..
-Will I ruminate or meditate?
-Will I complain or lament then let go?
-Will I be wound up or choose peace?
….The choice is ours, His mercies are new every morning and we have the absolute, unbelievable privilege of dwelling in the house of The Lord forever!
Prayer for today: Like King David, my hearts desire is to dwell in Your tent, in Your shelter. Remind me of this Lord when I feel overwhelmed by work pressures. I can’t avoid making a living but I can choose how I handle my stress. Amen.